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Comment: Re:Meh (Score 1) 201

by Miamicanes (#48155749) Attached to: Google Announces Motorola-Made Nexus 6 and HTC-Made Nexus 9

I'm sure you HAVE... but from what I remember, the gNex bootloader wasn't even TENTATIVELY circumvented until February or April of the following year, and wasn't robustly-overcome to the point where owners no longer worried about Verizon pushing an involuntary phone-bricking update on them until summer... ~7 months after initial release on Verizon.

Comment: Re:Meh (Score 1) 201

by Miamicanes (#48155625) Attached to: Google Announces Motorola-Made Nexus 6 and HTC-Made Nexus 9

Hence, my second paragraph ;-)

The catch is... nobody really knows for sure WHEN someone will have a working root for bootloader-locked Z3s. It's probably safe to say that SOMEONE eventually will... but it could EASILY be 3-7 months, with no guarantees. And if you DID root the phone, back up the DRM keys, and reflash, you'd STILL probably be fucked if the phone got lost/stolen/broken & had to be replaced under warranty, because the new one would probably be locked in a way that defeated the older root method.

I learned MY lesson the hard way. ~3 years ago, I bought a Motorola Photon fully expecting it to either have a working bootloader unlock that didn't disable Wimax, or for Motorola to become non-evil as a Google-owned company. I will never, ever totally forgive Motorola for the 2.3.4 Trojan non-update they did their best to make everyone THINK was going to be an early open beta of ICS, but REALLY permalocked the bootloader(*) so you couldn't even sacrifice working wimax and unlock it. The phone got angrily thrown in a drawer in disgust, and I went back to using my old Epic 4G for 3 months until I finally got a Galaxy S3 on release day. #Motofail. #Neveragain.

As a direct result of AT&T's decision to lock the bootloaders like Verizon on all new phones, I'll be fleeing the intolerable yoke of AT&T's authoritarianism for the liberating sanctuary of T-Mobile when my new Note 4 arrives in a couple of days.

Comment: Re:cool (Score 1) 201

by Miamicanes (#48153993) Attached to: Google Announces Motorola-Made Nexus 6 and HTC-Made Nexus 9

Making a phone that can do both CDMA and GSM, and work on multiple carriers' LTE, is a political and business obstacle caused mostly by Qualcomm's complicity with anticompetitive American carriers, not a technical one.

The radios in these phones are overwhelmingly software-defined (and constrained by limits dictated and imposed by the carriers, the most important of which is "thou shall not support the frequencies of any other US carrier, even if the phone is nominally unlocked"). Even in cases where the RF amplifier might not be optimized for a particular carrier's band, the line between "doesn't work" and "doesn't work as well as it does with other carriers" is a lot blurrier than most people realize. Put another way, it's not rocket science. American phones aren't physically INCAPABLE of interoperating with multiple networks... they're arbitrarily PROGRAMMED to be incompatible.

Comment: Re:Meh (Score 3, Informative) 201

by Miamicanes (#48153895) Attached to: Google Announces Motorola-Made Nexus 6 and HTC-Made Nexus 9

Huge warning about the Z3 -- Sony implemented a chunk of the camera firmware in a way that causes it to be crippled forever if you unlock the bootloader... and as of at least a few days ago, there was no root exploit that didn't depend upon having an unlocked bootloader. There probably will be one eventually... but you might be waiting a LONG time to get it. Ask yourself whether you'll still be happy with the phone if you end up not being able to root it for months (or ever), and if you'll still be satisfied with it if the low-light performance goes to hell as a consequence of unlocking the bootloader.

Put another way, don't buy a Z3 unless you know beyond doubt there's a working root exploit for it that doesn't require an unlocked bootloader, and make equally sure that the phone you're buying has a ROM that hasn't slammed the door and locked out that root method. You'll still lose a chunk of the camera's functionality for the duration of your use of a custom ROM, but at least you'll preserve the ability to restore the phone back to stock at some future time if desired.

Comment: Re:Forget Ext2/3/4, use UDF (Score 1) 344

by Miamicanes (#48129029) Attached to: ChromeOS Will No Longer Support Ext2/3/4 On External Drives/SD Cards

My guess is that UDF is probably encumbered by one or more patents that are licensed under terms that allow them to be used for free if the manufacturer already paid the royalties related to the optical disc recorder/media, but would require separate and additional royalties from the manufacturer of any non optical drive. With optical drives, those patents are unavoidable and have to be paid either way. With hard drives & flash drives, they'd be an extra cost that's currently discretionary.

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Comment: Re: Supply & Demand (Score 1) 192

by Miamicanes (#48010137) Attached to: NVIDIA Begins Requiring Signed GPU Firmware Images

Keep dreaming. Linux on the desktop yet? :)

At the rate Microsoft is going in their mad race to piss off & alienate just about everyone with a high-end workstation (by pushing Windows towards dumbed-down touch-based interfaces), that goal is actually starting to look attainable. Five years from now, one of two things will likely happen:

* Microsoft will have finally pissed off & alienated enough users for some critical mass of high end desktop/workstation power users to decide Windows is annoying them more than making their lives easier, and vendors like Adobe will notice & release their flagship software for Linux (effectively destroying what little market would remain for high-end Windows applications).

* Hedging their bets, companies like Adobe will port their flagship apps to Linux... then port them back to Windows with "kde6.dll" as a dependency. IMHO, this is Microsoft's ultimate nightmare scenario. If the apps high-end workstation users care about are all native KDE apps with equally good Linux versions, there's literally nothing left at that point to keep them chained to Windows. They'd basically be running Linux under a Windows kernel through a compatibility thunking layer anyway. ESPECIALLY if the apps are licensed in a way that allows users to buy the app once, then install & run it under BOTH Windows AND Linux.

Why KDE, and not Gnome? Licensing & logistics. KDE is Apache-licensed, so there's nothing to stop Adobe from bundling an installer for KDEwin directly into their own installers to auto-install it if the user hasn't done so already. And KDE for Windows already exists in beta form (see: http://windows.kde.org/ ).

Five years from now, we might not all be running Linux per se... but most of us will probably be running "Winux" (Windows kernel, Linux UI).

Comment: Re:So offer a cost effective replacement (Score 1) 185

by Miamicanes (#48005903) Attached to: Security Collapse In the HTTPS Market

Not really... it just would have meant the authorities would have needed a proper court order to make Mastercard/Visa/Amex tell them who that one-time number was associated with, and furnish them with a list of every other transaction that person engaged in over some finite window of time. We're not talking about Bitcoins here, just very long credit card numbers still associated with exactly one real-world account, from a universe of potential numbers that's too sparse to effectively guess a valid number (let alone use one to commit fraud). At the end of the day, they STILL had to bill someone for it, so it was no secret who that number was associated with.

Comment: Re:Study evaluated sacharin vs glucose (Score 1) 294

by Miamicanes (#47956781) Attached to: Study Finds Link Between Artificial Sweeteners and Glucose Intolerance

~3 years ago, I seriously considered buying a postmix drink dispenser and installing it in my kitchen. I ended up abandoning the plan for two reasons:

1) fountain Pepsi One is like the all-aspartame variant of Diet Coke... it's only manufactured on demand for large customers who are big enough to be their own distributors, and no distributor (as of 2011) carried it. And even if they did, it's aspartame+saccharin blend, not sucralose+aceK like the canned version.

2) fountain Diet Mtn Dew is 100% saccharin-sweetened, and 100% disgusting.

Should one or both someday change, I might reconsider it as an option. Especially if Samsung or LG ever makes a refrigerator whose in-door water dispenser can do double-duty as a postmix drink dispenser for 2 or 3 different drinks.

Comment: Re:Study evaluated sacharin vs glucose (Score 1) 294

by Miamicanes (#47952237) Attached to: Study Finds Link Between Artificial Sweeteners and Glucose Intolerance

No. The testing is real and rigorous... at the point in the manufacturing process where the syrup itself is manufactured by Coca-Cola or PepsiCo -- the last stage where they're in a position to enforce total quality control. It's almost pointless to enforce quality and consistency standards at the bottling plant if the syrup itself is variable in quality or consistency from batch to batch.

My point is that there's a HUGE gulf between the amount of processing required to get stevia from harvested leaf to the point where someone could use it in an adhoc manner to sweeten their coffee (with large tolerance for day-to-day variability), and getting it to the point where it behaves as consistently and predictably in bulk manufacturing processes as aspartame, sucralose, or ace-K, and consumers can expect every can to taste exactly like the last.

Comment: Re:Don't use a google account with Android. (Score 1) 126

by Miamicanes (#47945629) Attached to: Next Android To Enable Local Encryption By Default Too, Says Google

ARM TrustZone can do it quite effectively... which brings about the opposite problem. The key isn't under the user's direct control, and can't be recovered by the user. The same evil can be used to encrypt proprietary binaries so they can't be pulled off and used with AOSP-derived ROMs. It doesn't matter how nominally-open the operating system is if the hardware it's running on is a black box without public documentation or drivers.

Robust encryption whose key is under YOUR direct control (as the device's owner and end user) is a very good thing. Robust encryption that uses keys known only to the device itself is just another insidious form of DRM aiming to lock down and control the entire user experience.

It's shit like this that's forcing me to leave AT&T and go to T-Mobile so I can have a rootable Galaxy Note 4 with unlocked bootloader. Yeah, in theory, I could buy the T-mo variant and use it on AT&T... but AT&T's new pricing structure unsurprisingly manages to be at least $10/month more than I'm spending now... and that's WITH their alleged BYOD discount. And on the slight chance they allowed me to insure a T-mobile Galaxy Note 4, I'd be completely fucked if I had to use that insurance, because they'd almost certainly replace it with a bootloader-locked AT&T version that's the entire reason for hating them in the first place.

Comment: Re:Study evaluated sacharin vs glucose (Score 1) 294

by Miamicanes (#47944993) Attached to: Study Finds Link Between Artificial Sweeteners and Glucose Intolerance

Individual bottlers might do their own thing (Pepsi's south Florida bottler for Diet Mtn Dew in 2-liter bottles specifically seems to have some MAJOR quality control problems... at least half the bottles I've bought over the past couple of years have been AWFUL), but Coke & Pepsi THEMSELVES are INCREDIBLY anal-retentive about making sure that the syrup itself has absolutely predictable and consistent taste before it leaves the factory.

What is wanted is not the will to believe, but the will to find out, which is the exact opposite. -- Bertrand Russell, "Skeptical Essays", 1928

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